Make these mini shepherds pies with no crust in individual dishes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Make this quick and easy entree for an Irish themed dinner party or weeknight meal. It has ground beef or lamb, vegetables, and mashed potatoes! Make them in mini sizes or place the ingredients in a casserole dish and increase baking time.
Mini shepherds pies
Individual pies are ideal for serving family or entertaining guests for St. Patrick’s day and beyond. This recipe is comfort food at its best, and it’s full of flavor. What’s not to love?!
We didn’t grow up eating shepherd’s pie but it’s one of the earliest recipes I learned to make in college. With the combination of ingredients and the ease of putting it all together, I knew I had to make it for a dinner party menu.
Since St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner, these mini shepherds pies are ideal for a family dinner or a party. Make these mini sizes or put the ingredients into a baking dish and cook for about 30 minutes.
What is shepherd’s pie?
Traditional shepherd’s pie gets its origins from the UK and Ireland, and is made with ground lamb or mutton. A topping of mashed potatoes is standard but the additional flavorings can vary from recipe to recipe. So to be precise these are actually “cottage pies” as they’re made with ground beef.
I love the idea of making and serving individual shepherd’s pies in mini baking dishes. It reminds me of how restaurants serve things and it gives a dinner party a special twist. Of course you could make this up in a larger casserole dish as well, and it tastes just as good.
Easy Dinner Party Recipe
These mini shepherds pies are easy and convenient to make ahead. That makes them great for entertaining.
You can prepare the fillings and layer everything in the baking dishes ahead of time. Just cover with aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator. When ready, pull them out of the fridge and place them in the cold oven. THEN turn the oven on so the ceramic dish warms up with the oven. Otherwise, taking the cold dish to a hot oven will result in a broken dish!
- If you serve these for an Irish themed dinner party for St. Patrick’s day, don’t forget to include an Irish beer like Guinness to wash it down.
- Welcome guests with a St. Patrick’s day cocktail while waiting for dinner to cook.
- These shamrock shooters with creme de menthe would make a unique after dinner/pre-dessert drink.
- If you’re entertaining children you can incorporate this “lucky number” game.
- 1 pound ground beef or lamb
- 1 – 15 oz can Beefy Mushroom soup
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup cooked peas
- 1 cup sliced carrots, cooked
- 4 cups prepared mashed potatoes
Cook ground meat all the way through, and drain excess fat.
Add soup and cornstarch to beef and continue cooking on high until it reaches a boil. Cook for about 2 minutes while stirring; reduce to low until thickened.
Add peas and Worcestershire to meat mixture, and combine.
Begin layering in 4-6 small ramekins or baking dishes: meat mixture, carrots, mashed potatoes.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, and serve.
You can also place ingredients in a 2 quart casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.